Annalinda CONTINOAssociate Professor of [CHIM/01]
Phone: +39 095 738 5150
Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday from 10:00 to 12:00
Annalinda Contino received her Laurea (magna cum laude) in 1986 and took a PhD in Chemistry in 1992 at the University of Catania. In 1996 she started his academic career in Catania as Assistant Professor and in 2001 she became Associate Professor.
She has taugth Analytical Chemistry for the First-level Degrees in Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry, as well as for Environmental Sciences. Since 2010 she teachs the course Analytical Chemistry I and Laboratory for the First-level Degree in Industrial Chemistry. Since 2020 she also teach the course Nanosystems for Analytical Applications for the Environment and the Industry for the Master's Degree in Chemical Sciences, Curriculum: Industry, Environment and Cultural Heritage.
Annalinda Contino has worked at the Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche, University of Catania since the beginning of her career, availing her-self of top-rated international collaborations.
She authored more than 50 scientific papers on ISI indexed journals, as well as three chapters on educational books.
Her main fields of interest are Solution Equilibria and Separation Techniques.
For the study of complex formation between several metal ions and biomolecules, as dinucleotides, DNA, porphyrin, amino acids and functionalized calixarenes, she used a combined approach, spectroscopic and thermodynamic, identifying the main species in solution and, in most cases, the coordination sites of the ligands involved in the coordination of the metal ions, as well as the driving forces of the host-guest interactions.
Exploiting these skills she developed a method for the design, the synthesis and the characterization of new receptors used for highly efficient separations in Molecular Recognition Technology, obtaining highly selective receptors for the recognition of high environmental impact metal ions and achieving an efficient chromatographic stationary phase.
Since 2008 she works on the chiral separation of biological analytes by electromigration techniques, including the Ligand Exchange Capillary Electrophoresis (LECE). The iphenation of this technique with the Mass Spectrometry allowed the achieving of a highly advanced instrumentation for the high resolution chiral separation of underivatised amino acids. By means of the Solution Equilibria expertise she refined an analytic approach of high methodological rigour for the experiments design, obtaining a deep knowledge of the phenomena involved in the chiral discrimination mechanisms in LECE and the optimization of the separations.
The Solution Equilibria skills have been also exploited to develop a new method for the design, the synthesis and the analytical use of metallic Nanoparticles, as well as for the study of porphyrin molecules anchored on functionalized inorganic surfaces.